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[[Image:Precious Gold Ring.png|thumb|''Precious Gold Ring'' by Jeffery Reitz]]
 
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'''Gold''' was an extremely valuable mineral in [[Middle-earth]], but not nearly as valuable as [[mithril]].
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'''Gold''' refers both a valuable mineral in [[Middle-earth]] (although not nearly as valuable as [[mithril]]){{or}} and the golden colour or golden light.
 
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A portion of gold was used in the creation of [[Tilkal]], to construct [[Angainor]]. The treasure of [[Smaug]] also contained gold.
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==History==
 
==History==
 
Gold was present in the deeps of Arda since its creation by [[Eru]]. It was no doubt discovered by [[Aulë]], the great smith who was the first to make use of it. Afterwards, it was to be used by all speaking peoples of earth particularly the Dwarves who mastered it and by the [[Noldor|Ñoldor]].
 
Gold was present in the deeps of Arda since its creation by [[Eru]]. It was no doubt discovered by [[Aulë]], the great smith who was the first to make use of it. Afterwards, it was to be used by all speaking peoples of earth particularly the Dwarves who mastered it and by the [[Noldor|Ñoldor]].
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A portion of gold was used in the creation of [[Tilkal]], to construct [[Angainor]]. The treasure of [[Smaug]] also contained gold.
  
 
==Names==
 
==Names==
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*[[Quenya]]: ''[[malda]]'', ''[[laure]]''
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*[[Sindarin]]/[[Noldorin]]: ''[[malt]]''
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*[[Adûnaic]]: ''[[pharaz]]''
  
 
In [[Gnomish]], one of [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]]'s early conceptions of an [[Elvish|Elven]] language, the word for "gold" is ''glôr'' (''glôriol'' means "golden, like gold", and ''glôrin'' means "golden, of gold"). The poetic word for "gold" is ''Culu''.<ref>{{PE|11}}, pp. 27, 40</ref>
 
In [[Gnomish]], one of [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]]'s early conceptions of an [[Elvish|Elven]] language, the word for "gold" is ''glôr'' (''glôriol'' means "golden, like gold", and ''glôrin'' means "golden, of gold"). The poetic word for "gold" is ''Culu''.<ref>{{PE|11}}, pp. 27, 40</ref>

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Precious Gold Ring by Jeffery Reitz

Gold refers both a valuable mineral in Middle-earth (although not nearly as valuable as mithril)Template:Or and the golden colour or golden light.

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History

Gold was present in the deeps of Arda since its creation by Eru. It was no doubt discovered by Aulë, the great smith who was the first to make use of it. Afterwards, it was to be used by all speaking peoples of earth particularly the Dwarves who mastered it and by the Ñoldor.

A portion of gold was used in the creation of Tilkal, to construct Angainor. The treasure of Smaug also contained gold.

Names

In Gnomish, one of Tolkien's early conceptions of an Elven language, the word for "gold" is glôr (glôriol means "golden, like gold", and glôrin means "golden, of gold"). The poetic word for "gold" is Culu.[1]

Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Gold (Mal) is valued by the Dwarves above all other metals, save mithril. Elven smiths mix it with other metals to make strong alloys.[2]

See also

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "I-Lam na-Ngoldathon: The Grammar and Lexicon of the Gnomish Tongue", in Parma Eldalamberon XI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), pp. 27, 40
  2. Wolfgang Baur (1994), Treasures of Middle-earth (2nd edition) (#2010)